Former Iowa State and NFL quarterback Seneca Wallace will be the keynote speaker on Friday night at the opening ceremonies of the Iowa Games in Jack Trice Stadium.

Chuck Long is CEO of the Iowa Sports Foundation which runs the Iowa Games and says the festivities begin with an Athlete Jamboree. The opening ceremonies are free and open to the public.

It will be part of the biggest of three weekends for the summer sports festival and Long credits the many volunteers who run the events. “We’ve had volunteers since the very beginning in 1987 that come back every year, have donated their time,” Long says.

This is Long’s first year leading the Olympic style event that began in 1987. Long says participation in the games has become a generational thing, as parents bring their kids and several generations compete.